On the 15th September, the national finals of the under-12 Danone Nations Cup soccer tournament will take place in Gauteng, the site of the Danone’s head office and factory, with Soweto’s Dobsonville Stadium as the host venue.
Eight of the nine provincial winning schools have been identified with Gauteng being the final province to host their finals taking place on the 25th August.
Chantel Ehlers, Danone Internal Communications Manager explained that the nationals have been at Reiger Park for a number of years now, and they felt it was time to make a change. “Reiger Park has been the national final venue for the past 4 years and we felt it was time to take our finals to Soweto, the biggest township in Southern Africa.”
Danone’s mission is to encourage the youth to believe in their dreams and to encourage the development of healthy eating habits. “It is a privilege for Danone to be involved with this event,” said Ehlers. “And we are spreading our message of health through food to as many people as possible through this event. We want to positively impact the health of South Africans through diet and exercise and this year we will be doing that to as many Sowetans as possible.”
Every year Danone invites their staff from the factory and head office to the event to be part of all the activities and give them the opportunity to see the enormous talent in South Africa at the under-12 level.
There is a festive atmosphere at the event. In addition to the soccer, there are fun activities on the adjacent fields including soccer games, kid’s games, face painting, jumping castles and many more and all this for free as there is no entry charge.
All of Danone’s brands are derived from dairy products, which are a good source of calcium, protein and various vitamins and minerals which lead to good health, Ehlers explains. “Our brands all come on board for national finals day and, for example, NutriDay runs a fun game targeting the youth that teaches them about food categories and how to blend foods to better your health.”
The school that wins the national title will represent SA at the world finals to take place in Spain in 2019.
The schools that have qualified so far are:
|NORTHERN CAPE||Lutzburg Intermediate School|
|FREE STATE||Tshediso Xolani Primary School|
|LIMPOPO||Benny’s Sports Academy & Development|
|MPUMANLANGA||Shapeve Primary School|
|NORTH WEST||Laerskool Rustenburg Noord|
|KZN||Muzuvukile Primary School|
|EASTERN CAPE||Charles Morgan Primary School|
|WESTERN CAPE||Nomlinganiselo Primary School|